Miss Albinism founder reaping rewards

HARARE- After months of turbulence Miss Albinism founder Brenda Mudzimu is beginning to reap rewards of promoting awareness on people living with the condition.

Mudzimu will tomorrow form part of dignitaries from southern Africa, bringing their experiences and skills to the gathering promoting awareness on People Living with Albinism (PWA) in Tanzania.

A week later she will be among speakers at this year’s International Day of Social Justice celebrations in South Africa.
“The event will bring together organisations run by persons with
albinism (PWA) from Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa, all of whom have taken a leading role over many years in advocating for the social and economic inclusion of PWAs on a global scale.

“In Tanzania, participants will learn how Under The Same Sun (UTSS) through the promotion of the rights and welfare of PWA via advocacy and education has contributed to the government’s efforts in reducing the number of attacks from 40 in 2008 to four in 2018 . . . sponsoring 400 students with albinism in education institutes and empowering educated PWA contest in the labour market and engage in meaningful
employment,” Mudzimu said.

Meanwhile, Mudzimu said plans were underway to enlist the services of Mali’s Salif Keita to be among guests for this year’s edition of Miss Albinism pageant slated for next month.
This year’s event will run under the theme “Advancing with New Hope”.

The inaugural event “Beauty beyond the Skin” attracted the attention of global media websites such as USA Today, Times Live and AFP among others, putting Zimbabwe under spotlight.
According to United Nations, more than 600 people living with
albinism have been attacked in the sub-Saharan region.
Zimbabwe is said to have 39 000 people living with albinism.

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